Stuka hits the lawn at Burghley

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A full size Stuka dive bomber metallic sculpture is on show at Burghley House Sculpture Garden.

Visitors to the Sculpture Garden at Burghley House near Stamford in Lincolnshire can expect to see the surprising sight of a full size Stuka dive bomber. The biggest sculpture in the Form and Function show being housed in the Garden is called Down Two Earth and is an 11m long replica of a WWII Junkers Ju-87. It’s made entirely from stainless steel by German sculptor Hex, whose father served in the Luftwaffe in WWII and spent three years training to be a Stuka pilot but ended up being a gunner. He regularly bestowed scale model Stukas on his son who remarked that the Stuka was the only single object he really loved. Hex described his motivation in making the giant sculpture, “The whole project can be separated into three layers of reasons why I did this sculpture. These layers of private family history, German art history and British military history added up one by one over the years.”

With a wingspan of 14m and positioned so that it looks like it has crash landed in the gardens, it’s an eye-catching exhibit. The Sculpture Garden at Burghley House is open daily from 11am-5pm. More details at www.burghley.co.uk.

 

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